Water and Wastewater

Water and Wastewater Training Courses Online

Ideally suited for individuals working in the industry including operators, suppliers and those seeking to obtain or maintain provincial certification

These courses are also beneficial for individuals who are interested in starting a career in this sector. Students who successfully complete each course will receive a Certificate of Course Completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Water and Wastewater Training Courses Online

Water and Wastewater Training Courses

Water and Wastewater Training Courses

Aquifer Remediation

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

Approximately 40% of the world’s drinking water is drawn from wells, and in some locations, like in the Pacific Southwest, 80% of potable water is drawn from aquifers. Groundwater is an easily accessible resource, and this accessibility is also its biggest threat. Contaminants above ground and underground can easily seep into aquifers. There are a large variety of contamination sources, both natural and man-made. Similarly, there are a wide variety of remediation techniques to properly treat contaminated aquifers. Throughout this course, engineers, architects, planners and contractors will learn about the most common contamination sources and the industry best practices used for groundwater aquifer remediation.

Course Objectives

  • List the 6 main categories of groundwater contamination sources
  • Describe at least 3 common sources of groundwater contamination
  • Given a specific contaminant, identify the best suited remediation technique to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public
  • Define the three general strategies used for cleanup and remediation of groundwater aquifers

Basics of Water Resources: Groundwater Contamination

Duration: 2 Hours  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.2

Groundwater hydrology is now critical to understand the mechanisms and rates of transport of physical, chemical and biological contamination below the ground, and the impact of those contaminants on the ground water supply.

This 2-hour interactive online course covers the fundamental sources and classifications of groundwater contamination. The course focuses on the discussion of natural and man-made sources of groundwater pollution and gives some perspective into various systems of categorization and classification.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the sources and classifications of groundwater contamination and how it pertains to our drinking water
  • The variety of perspectives from which groundwater contamination is approached
  • Describe the organic and inorganic contaminants which can affect our groundwater supply
  • Understand the synthetic compound as the greatest concern for groundwater contaminants
  • Be able to list water related diseases
  • The terminology of groundwater contamination

Basics of Water Resources: Groundwater Hydrology

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

This online course covers the fundamentals of water supply hydrology. From the hydrologic cycle to the nature and character of groundwater as it goes from recharge zones to discharge points, the basic concepts and terminology are introduced in a clear and easy to read form.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the hydrologic cycle, and how it replenishes the water supply
  • Understand the source, movement, and character of groundwater
  • Know some of the sources of impurities in the groundwater supply
  • Know the basic vocabulary of water supply hydrology

Water and Wastewater Training Courses Online

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

This interactive online course will go through the most current technologies to rehabilitate water distribution systems. At the end of this course Contractors, Engineers, Water System Operators and Architects will be able to identify technologies that are used to repair, rehabilitate and replace aging water distribution systems.

Course Objectives

  • Define three key definitions of renewal methods
  • List at least 4 technologies to rehabilitate water distribution systems that safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public
  • Describe the two different methods for repairing pipes
  • Identify the 4 main technologies used in trenchless pipe replacements

Rehabilitation of Water Distribution Systems: Designing Renewal Projects

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

This interactive online course will go through some of the key technical guidelines and standards for designing rehabilitation projects within the US. Some of these guidelines include AWWA, ANSI, ASTM and ASME standards. At the end of this course Contractors, Engineers, Water System Operators and Architects will be able to determine applicable design and QA/QC guidelines for common water distribution rehabilitation methods.

Course Objectives

 

  • Identify the four classes of rehabilitation designs for water distribution systems from AWWA M28
  • Describe at least 4 ASTM Standards used to test rehabilitation systems
  • Given a specific rehabilitation technology, identify at least one applicable installation standard that safeguards the public’s health, safety and welfare
  • Given a specific rehabilitation technology, identify the applicable short-term QA/QC standard

Rehabilitation of Water Distribution Systems: Selecting Rehab Methods

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

This interactive online course will go through the overall items that need to be considered when selecting a method to rehabilitate a water distribution system. At the end of this course Contractors, Engineers, Water System Operators and Architects will be able to select applicable technologies to be used to repair, rehabilitate and replace aging water distribution systems.

Course Objectives

  • Define at least four of the most common problems in water distributions systems
  • List at least 3 inspection methods used to assess the structural condition of pipes
  • Given a rehabilitation method and a pipe diameter, estimate an order of magnitude capital cost
  • Describe the disinfection requirements in rehabilitation projects to safeguard the public’s health, safety and welfare

Effective Groundwater Supply Management

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

Effective Groundwater Supply Management is essential if groundwater resources are to remain viable for the foreseeable future. Groundwater Management is a rapidly evolving discipline that is incorporating ever more factors into the evaluation of principles that will ensure that no harmful effects arise from the utilization of this resource while ensuring that all potential resources that can be maintained are used to satisfy an ever-increasing demand. This interactive online course will present a history of Groundwater Management from its beginnings in the middle of the last century through the present day. Current parameters and environmental factors of concern will be outlined.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the basics of groundwater management techniques
  • Describe the concept of “safe groundwater yield”
  • Compare and contrast the “safe yield concept” and the “sustainability concept”
  • Identify the environmental factors that determine groundwater withdrawal rates
  • Identify basic components of groundwater flow
  • Recognize basic groundwater flow equations
  • Identify types of aquifer material
  • Identify aquifer parameters such as porosity, yield, storage, and hydraulic conductivity

Protecting Water Systems Through Backflow Prevention

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

In this interactive, online course, we will discuss the difference between back pressure and back siphoning, and the conditions where each occur. We will learn how to select the appropriate backflow device given the potential hazard and describe how backflow devices operate.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to recognize examples of potential backflow situations and how to prevent back siphonage and/or backpressure. You will also be able to differentiate types of backflow preventers and the importance of regular testing and maintenance.

Course Objectives

  • Identify key terms used in the discussion of contamination and backflow prevention
  • List at least four methods of backflow prevention
  • Identify the appropriate backflow device according to degree of hazard and application
  • Recognize a potential cross-contamination

Pumping Stations - Pumps, Motors and Electrical Systems

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.2

Pumping stations are necessary where large amounts of water must be transported through a piped distribution system. Knowing the characteristics of piping and valve materials will allow you to optimize the hydraulic design of your pumping stations.

This interactive online course will teach you about the different water distribution station pump classifications. You will also learn about pump designs and motor types. Additionally, you will learn about the electrical systems of pumping stations.

Course Objectives

  • Identify types of pumps utilized in pumping stations based on their mechanical configuration classification
  • Identify the basic steps required for sizing pumps and motors to transmit and distribute safe and sustainable water
  • Identify the types of engines that are in use for pumping stations and describe their benefits for critical operations so as not to affect the environment and public health in an adverse manner
  • Describe key electrical fundamentals involved in pumping station design, including grounding, over current protection, and branch circuiting

Drinking Water Quality - Water Treatment Technology

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

Safe drinking water supplies are crucial to the health, safety, and welfare of society. In this interactive, online course, we will discuss key information regarding water treatment technology of drinking water, including characteristics and capabilities of water treatment processes, source water quality, distribution system considerations, and residuals management. Technical personnel in the design, engineering, maintenance and operations areas of facilities will find this information critical to the successful operation of drinking water related facilities. This course addresses critical factors that affect health, safety and welfare of the population being served by the water treatment system.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the various requirements for water treatment to ensure the safety of drinking water supplies
  • Describe the principles behind major treatment processes used to ensure the safety of drinking water supplies, including coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, flotation
  • Identify the methods used for media filtration related to water treatment
  • Discuss the requirements for special water treatment processes- chemical disinfection, precipitation, natural treatment

Drinking Water Quality - Monitoring & Security

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

It’s understood that drinking water should be suitable for human consumption and for all usual domestic purposes. So, what is suitable drinking water? Ideally, drinking water should not contain any microorganisms known to be pathogenic or capable of causing diseases. It should be free from chemical contamination, and it should have the right physical properties.

In this interactive, online course, we will discuss key information regarding drinking water monitoring and security required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the general population being served by water supply facilities. We will discuss the minimum parameters recommended for monitoring drinking water, and the surveillance process and products used for monitoring water quality. We will also discuss the types of threats to facilities, and types of physical security elements that may be put into place to help protect these facilities.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the minimum parameters for monitoring to ensure the safety of drinking water supplies
  • Identify the various systems utilized for monitoring drinking water facilities
  • Describe different types of water monitoring products used to monitor drinking water distribution systems
  • Identify the security measures involved in protecting drinking water facilities
  • Describe the operation and maintenance requirements for monitoring and security systems that ensure safe drinking water

Lead Contamination of Public Water Systems

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

Treatment technologies can be utilized to significantly limit the migration of lead into the potable water supply. This interactive online course will describe these technologies and opportunities for implementation.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the effects of lead contamination on the human body
  • Describe how lead gets into drinking water
  • Discuss how to prevent lead contamination in water
  • Describe phosphate treatment technologies for potable water systems
  • Describe the issues surrounding the Flint, Michigan event

Water Industry Hydraulics

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

This interactive online course covers the concepts, calculations, and operational uses of hydraulics in the water industry, and will examine the physics behind certain operations and processes within the water treatment industry. Subjects included in the course are density and specific gravity, pressure and force, head, head loss, pumping rates and pump heads, flow rates, and flow measuring devices. This course will examine each of these concepts in detail and explain their application.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the concepts of pressure and force
  • Explain how pressure varies throughout a water system
  • Define the characteristics of pumps
  • Interpret basic pump curve information
  • Recall Net Positive Suction Head Required (NPSHR) and Net
  • Positive Suction Head Available (NPSHA)
  • Describe pump horsepower and efficiencies
  • Name the different styles and types of impellers for pumps
  • Explain how to calculate flow rates and describe the devices used to measure flow rate

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Duration: 1 Hour  |  Director Approved CEUs – 0.1

The Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) is a hazard communication system that ensures Canadian workers are provided with sufficient information to understand the hazards of the chemicals they may be exposed to in their workplace. WHMIS requires employers to communicate hazard information by labeling containers, providing safety data sheets, and training employees to recognize hazardous materials and how to protect themselves and their coworkers. This course provides an overview of WHMIS requirements.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the purpose of WHMIS
  • Describe how chemical hazards are classified
  • Describe employer requirements under WHMIS
  • Identify and describe the health and physical hazards outlined by WHMIS
  • Identify chemical hazards from pictograms and statements on container labels
  • Describe your rights and responsibilities as an employee